Mixed Martial Arts is after all, a combat sport that asks for incredible amount of physical strength. Your body muscles and joints should be stout and durable enough to withstand the effect of heavy pounding during the fights. Still, at times the continuous rigor over a prolonged period of time takes a toll on the muscles and joints and precautionary measures are needed to minimize the effect. So far as the wrists are concerned, certain hand wrapping techniques that the fighters adopt before putting their gloves on, enable them to guard the wrists against injuries to a large extent. This article discusses the hand wrap techniques adopted by players in Ultimate Fighting Championship MMA.
Even if you put your gloves on, your wrists may not be completely safe from the rigors of Mixed Martial Arts. Hence in order to put an extra precautionary cushion to your wrists, they need to be strapped and wrapped in a particular way. Let us discuss the issue step by step:
- Firstly, you would need to position your thumb in a circle
- Now, you need to pull the wrapper tightly (not much so that the blood circulation is affected) and then encircle the wrist with the wrapper quite a number of times.
- Now, you need to stretch the wrapper up over your knuckles. Repeat it a few times, and follow it up by getting back to your thumb by crossing your hand from left towards right and then again from right towards left, as you progress gradually.
- Then encircle the wrapper around your thumb, and follow the same around your hand and then again around your thumb. Repeat this for two to three times forming an “x” on the hand as you move from your thumb to the hand and again back to your thumb from the hand.
- Encircle your wrist with the wrapper twice or so and then follow it up by pulling up to each of your fingers. After you have done so, pull the wrapper back downwards and again around your thumb before you move on to the next finger. You can go on repeating this till you think you have had enough or wrap around your wrist and palm.
- Give some extra cushion to your knuckles by wrapping them once more. Then draw the wrapper down backwards towards your wrists again by forming that ‘x’ form left to right and vice versa.
After the process is done, close the wrapper off with a Velcro strap that will help the wrapper to stay in place properly and your Mixed Martial Arts wrist wrap is complete.
Check the firmness of the wrapper by squeezing your fingertips. If you find that the fingertips are turning white, it indicates that the wrappers are a bit too tight and you need to loosen them. Then again, you need to remember that a too loose Mixed Martial Arts wrist wrap will not give you your desired protection while a too tight wrap will prevent you from having the entire motion range of the hand, inhibiting your mobility to a large extent. Besides, it will also stop the normal blood circulation causing a serious injury to your wrists.